Dr Yvonne Liao is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Music Faculty and TORCH. A music historian, she is currently preparing a monograph on music ‘after Europe’, its institutions and sentiments in 20th century colonial port China. She is also a co-organiser, with Prof Olivia Bloechl (University of Pittsburgh) and Prof Gabriel Solis (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), of the American Musicological Society Study Group, Global Music History.
Yvonne joined TORCH (and returned to Oxford) in 2017, having read Music as an undergraduate at Christ Church from 1999 to 2002 and graduated First Class. In addition to Master’s degrees from SOAS University of London and Columbia, she worked at Naxos and Universal Music Hong Kong before returning in 2012 to research, completing in 2016 a PhD in Musicology at King’s College London on music and municipality in Shanghai of the 1930s and 1940s. The thesis, for which archival sources in Chinese, English, French and German were examined anew, was given 1st Honorary Mention for the International Musicological Society’s first Outstanding Dissertation Award, in 2018. A peer-reviewed article developed from one of the thesis chapters was published in The Musical Quarterly in 2016, and awarded The Royal Musical Association’s Jerome Roche Prize for the best journal article by an early career scholar in 2016–17.
At the Faculty, Yvonne supervises a range of dissertations and teaches two MSt electives: Music and Global History (2018–19) and, Archives and Music Research (2019–20). A keen advocate of Musicology as an intersectional collaborative practice in the Humanities, Yvonne co-founded with three historians, an anthropologist and a fellow musicologist at Oxford the interdisciplinary funded network at TORCH, Colonial Ports and Global History (CPAGH).